Tribeca picks 'First Class' screenplay


NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Institute announced the winner of the annual Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program, participants in its Film Fellows Program and a special youth media student screening hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.

The fifth annual screenplay program award, presented with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support films with scientific themes and characters, was given to writer David Freeman for "A First Class Man," a fictional biopic about an Indian mathematician. Freeman will receive financial support and advice from screenwriters and math experts as he develops the script.

Goldberg will host the opening of the May 3 student outreach event "Our City, My Story," featuring films produced by New York youths. A series of their films will be screened the next night at the AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theaters.

Twenty New York filmmakers ages 15-19 have been selected for the third annual Tribeca Film Fellows program. They will be mentored by professional filmmakers and participate in panel discussions, workshops, screenings and special events, including a May 3 discussion with documentarian Albert Maysles.

The Film Fellows program also will host three young Rwandan filmmakers and screen their feature "Three Voices: Focus on Rwanda, Empowering Rwanda's Youth Through Filmmaking."